Inpatient Pain Management Services

Helping patients every day

Members of the Pain Management Resource Team at The University of Kansas Hospital have in-depth experience working with all types of pain. Every day, they help hospitalized patients with pain.

Any patient, family member, nurse or physician may call the Pain Management Resource Team for help. Team members work with patients and care teams in all departments of the hospital, including our Emergency Department and Cancer Center.

The region's only nurse-run inpatient pain management team, it's also one of the few nurse-run pain resource teams in the country. Members of the Pain Management Resource Team include:

  • Pain Management Nurse Clinicians
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychologist (PhD)

Consultant Role

Because every person feels pain differently, every patient's pain is assessed individually. A Pain Management Resource Team member will ask you questions to assess your pain level and then suggest a course of action to your physician. This includes the type of medication, how much you will take and any additional pain-relieving therapies.

Pain Management Resource Team members do not perform pain-relieving procedures or write prescriptions for medication. They primarily serve as consultants to you and your hospital care providers.

Your physician will make the final decision on your treatment and prescribe your medications. This eliminates the chance that you will receive redundant treatments and duplicate or conflicting medications.

Causes of Pain

Common causes of pain for hospitalized patients include:

  • Postoperative Pain
    Including the effects of cardiothoracic surgery or plastic surgery
  • Trauma
    Injuries such as those from a motor vehicle accident, fall or burn
  • Disease-related Pain
    Inflammation such as appendicitis or pancreatitis
  • Procedural Pain
    Includes procedures such as bone marrow biopsy or lumbar puncture

Types of Pain

While there are many causes of pain, the types of pain are classified as:

  • Neuropathic (nerve damage)
  • Somatic (musculoskeletal system)
  • Visceral (internal organs)

Some patients may have more than one of these types of pain.

Pain Assessment

Accurate pain assessment is essential to providing proper therapy.

Our Approach to Pain Management

Learn how our comprehensive approach allows us to tailor therapy for each patient.


Continually educating patients and staff is important to our work.